Esk Valley 2018 Vintage Report

The 2018 growing season was the 3rd hottest on record, which means that “you can taste the summer in the wines” according to winemaker Gordon Russell. A wet Autumn and winter, although fortunately with no frosts, followed by a warm spring and a drier than usual summer meant the vines were in good condition at harvest. The harvest began in early March with white varietals, but harvesting of the reds happened much later in the season. The quality of the wines is evidenced by the array of awards they have won, with the Chardonnays in particular exhibiting a Burgundy-like nature: pure, elegant and ultimately delicious.

Esk Valley 2017 Vintage Report

This was a growing season of two halves: spring was cool and the season was running slightly late until mid-December when a period of heat and dry conditions pushed the Hawkes Bay region into drought. On 18 February over 100mm of rain fell in 24 hours before the weather brightened again. Harvest began under sunny skies in early March but the weather began to change; intermittent periods of rain and dry spells meant picking decisions had to be made quickly. Low sugars at harvest have given the wines a freshness and the summer warmth has provided ripe flavours.

Esk Valley 2016 Vintage Report

Overall this has been a very good harvest which has produced elegant wines with lower than average alcohols and slightly elevated acidities.

Esk Valley 2015 Vintage Report

The Hawkes Bay region has once again delivered a superb vintage, giving three successive high quality vintages in a row.

Esk Valley 2014 Vintage Report

This has been an excellent Hawkes Bay harvest, and an amazing follow up to the 2013 "vintage of the century". The records will show these to be the hottest vintages on record with heat summation figures well above historical averages.

Esk Valley 2013 Vintage Report

Wine lovers are set to sample what could be New Zealand's best ever vintage this year, thanks to one of the country's most memorable summers. 2013 was a vintage that offered 10 out of 10 and delivered on its promise. Record-breaking summer temperatures in Hawkes Bay resulted in drought like conditions with minimal rainfall throughout January, February and March. This allowed the grapes to ripen to perfection and cool nights allowed for a slow ripening period, further adding to the quality of the harvest.

Esk Valley 2012 Vintage Report

The weather here in the Hawkes Bay after our 2012 vintage has been very settled and somewhat of a contrast to the unpredictability we experienced over the growing season due to the continued influence of a strong La Niña weather pattern.

Esk Valley 2011 Vintage Report

The post harvest conditions have been very settled and somewhat of a contrast to the unpredictability experienced over 2011 growing season due to the strong La Nina weather pattern.

Esk Valley 2010 Vintage Report

This will always be regarded as a miracle harvest here in Hawkes Bay. January and February were dire - in fact February was the wettest in almost 100 years. As vintage approached we fell further and further behind the long term average heat summation figures and reluctantly began picking 14 days late.

Esk Valley 2009 Vintage Report

In years to come this will be regarded as one of Hawkes Bays great red wine harvests. My often used line late in the harvest was that the wines speak of the fine summer. And what a summer it was.

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